Most people grow up as a church member and continue to attend the same church as adults. For many people, a church is a place where they have an extended family. When a marriage fails or a child is severely injured, their faith is tested, and they often feel the need for support from others. Churches are generally a place where emotional support is encouraged. People feel they share a brotherhood through their faith and help people as they would their immediate family members.
In times of crisis, the caring support provided by church members may make all the difference in the world. A person that has been attending the same church for years will know the other members of their parish. They feel comforted in their hour of need by those they may have comforted in an earlier crisis. The church provides yet another community for people that need connections in the modern world.